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for Independent Weekly Vol. 27 Issue 9, March 2010
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A recent press conference held by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP expresses the feelings of many in the community. The issue of falling test scores for low-income and minority students and the lack of minorities enrolled in honors courses were the subject of the press conference. Scores were initially rising until new standards were implemented over the past five years. A change in mindset and new leadership is needed to reduce the gap according to some observers.
The Wake County School system is in crisis. Many are worried that the new conservative members of the school board will have a negative effective on the system. Superintendent Del Burns has resigned and the new majority is planning to eliminate diversity as a factor in student assignments, adopting a strict neighborhood schools approach. This would be a change in philosophy that started in 1976 and might increase segregation by race and class in Wake County Schools.
Carrboro resident Bruce Thomas is known as the soul of Weaver Street. Thomas is known for exploring spirituality though movement and meditation and he does this on the street. The former inmates life was changed by mediation and his journey to spirituality is documented. Friends and locals talk about the impact he has on the community and hi place in it.
The political views of Republican Representative Sue Myrick of Charlotte are explored. Myrick has made comments that were offensive to many Muslims about their religion. Also examined is her advisory board membership on The National Council on bible Curriculum in Public Schools. Her support of an organization that is seen as a religious extremist group, but her offensive remarks about religious extremism suggest a double standard held by Myrick between Islam and Christianity.